IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE
Monday, March 16, 2020 6:30 PM
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the immanent closing of the Yeshiva – hopefully only until after Pesach, but most likely for the remainder of the school year.
Today will be the last day of General Studies and Night Seder. Tomorrow, B’ezras Hashem, we will have Shacharis, Limudai Kodesh, and end with Mincha at 2:15.
As you know, for the last two days we have given parents the option of keeping their sons home without penalty. Many parents have opted to do so; a smaller number have continued to send their sons. My deepest belief is that giving this choice was the right thing to do and that this course is justified scientifically, ethically, and – most important – Halachically.
Yet, there often is a gap between that which is desirable and that which is feasible. I am afraid that we have reached the point that staying open is no longer feasible. Keeping boys happy and satisfied in school when their friends are apparently off would be difficult even under optimal conditions; in the current situation it is now impossible. (Although I do believe that after a few weeks of “vacation” with nothing to do and nowhere to go, the boys will be itching to return to Yeshiva.)
Allow me to share one last point: This has been one of the most painful days of my life. For me, closing our Yeshiva – especially at a time that Klal Yisrael in such desperate need of the merit of Torah and Tefillah – is a personal tragedy. To the extent that you have become involved members of the parent body of the Yeshiva, I am sure that you must share this sentiment. Let us pray that the Ribbono Shel Olam bring a quick end to this catastrophe. May He protect those who are well, heal those who are ill, and grant us a swift return to normal life.
Rabbi Eliezer Breitowitz
Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva Darchei Torah